Wincry Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Wincry Virus File Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .wncry file can be recovered.

Being infected by a ransomware variant can be a terrifying experience. The shock of having your property invaded and tampered with, and being robbed of your personal or professional files can both be very devastating. One of the latest versions of this malware type is called Wincry Virus File Ransomware and it can affect anyone from a private person to a large corporation and all with the same purpose – extorting money. The malicious process that viruses like Wincry Virus File Ransomware implement consists of the encryption of certain file types on the victim user’s computer,  as a result of which those files becomes inaccessible to that user. In fact, unless you have a special decryption key, which the hackers then proceed to blackmail their victims for, nobody will be able to open those files with any program. That is the reason why we have designed the below removal guide. It will not only assist you in getting rid of the malicious program that has attacked you, but it may also succeed in recovering the data it has locked.

How ransomware viruses work

Malware like Wincry Virus File Ransomware typically relies on stealth infection methods, so as to remain unnoticed for as long as possible, until it can complete it harmful actions and then reveal itself by means of displaying a disturbing ransom note on the targeted PC’s screen. These methods usually involve various social engineering tactics and can include spam emails or other contaminated messages, as well as drive-by downloads and malvertisements (malicious online ads). Once it makes its way into your system, the virus then proceeds to create encrypted copies of certain files on your computer. The originals are then deleted and once all of this has been done, the ransom note is generated on your screen. The scary thing is that antivirus programs are often helpless against ransomware, because they don’t see the encryption process as a malicious one. And, indeed, it isn’t in itself malicious, because it serves as a means of protecting data. This is also one of the main reasons why ransomware viruses have become such an enormous problem.

What to do?

If you have been affected by Wincry Virus File Ransomware, then you probably want to hear what you should do in order to counter this horrible infection. Of course, paying the ransom amount may be the first option that comes to mind, but you can be sure that it’s not the best one. For one, you may never receive the decryption key that the hackers have promised to send you in exchange for the ransom money. In fact, this is a fairly common situation that users, unfortunately, are faced with and that point they are still left with their locked data and nothing to show for it, but a lighter wallet. There are other options out there, like the removal guide that we have attached below. In it, you will find detailed instructions as to the removal of Wincry Virus File Ransomware, which is essential that you do anyway, so as to prevent future encryption of any further files of yet another encryption of the files you manage to save. After you have deleted the ransomware, you can refer to the instructions in the same removal guide that will help you restore your files from system backups. We cannot vouch for the success of this process, but it’s still worth giving a shot.

Other options are, for example, reaching out to another professional, someone who specializes in ransomware threats. Perhaps they will be able to assist you with their experience. Another thing you can try if all else fails is using one of the decryptor tools we have published here. The list is frequently updated and includes all the latest software versions that may be able to breach the encryption and restore your files. New ones are constantly developed to keep up with the ever evolving ransomware viruses, so you never know – perhaps the one that can solve the issue in your case is just waiting for you on that list. We would also like to mention that from now on it would be smart to always keep infections like these in the back of your head and duly prepare yourself for any potential ones in the future. One of the ways you can do this is by backing up all your most important data and storing it on a separate external drive.

SUMMARY:

Name Wincry
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove Wincry Virus File Ransomware


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Wincry Virus File Ransomware files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!